Descends Over Prudential Center
definitely was not the night that John Duddy envisioned,
and it was not the night that his fans expected either.
The whole night was set up for Duddy and his fans, who
were definitely in the majority. Irish flags were flying
all over the arena. Between fights, a local band
featuring bagpipes provided entertainment, adding to the
party atmosphere. But that is where the party stopped
for Duddy and his fans.
Lyell’s intentions were obvious from the first round. He
came out, throwing the first punch and dominating the
action. The crowd, still optimistic, seemed to be of the
opinion that this would not last long. Shouts were heard
from the crowd that John need not worry because Billy is
just scared. But the shock started to set in by the
second round. Lyell was still the more active fighter.
The only fear from his corner seemed to be that he might
wear himself out.
however, was not out of the fight yet. He was able to
dominate the fifth and sixth round. In the fifth, he cut
the nose of Lyell, and he spent most of those two rounds
landing the majority of his punches on Lyell’s face.
Lyell was starting to show some wear at this point in
the fight. But Duddy’s control of the fight was to slip
through is gloves again. Duddy was the one looking tired
in the seventh round.
was during the reading of the decision that the shock
really set in for the fans. There was no celebration as
they exited the arena. Just quiet, stunned fans
returning to their cars.